Another of the small group of restaurants doing home delivery to our postcode during the lockdown. It’s not a restaurant we’ve been to “in real life” but judging by the meal we ate tonight, it’ll be somewhere to visit when things get to whatever the “new normal” will be.
We both started with papaya salad – I always reckon som tum is perhaps the classic Thai starter. And, certainly, it did exactly what you expect. A crunch from the vegetables and papaya which, as it’s not ripe is savoury rather than sweet. There’s shredded carrot, green beans, tomato and peanuts, dressed with lime juice (could have done with a heavier hand of this), and blistering heat from chilli. I’m not sure I ever eat anything with quite the chilli heat in any cuisine.
My partner continued with a couple more starters. Tempura vegetables were pretty much as you’d expect – the likes of broccoli, onion and peppers given a light batter coating and deep fried till crisp. Really nice. As were the sweetcorn fritters, which had a little background spice. There was a sweet chilli dipping sauce provided. It all made for substantial main course. I’d ordered an actual main course – kao pad – egg fried rice with tomato and spring onion with the protein of your choice, in this case pork. They also do a spicy version of this which I’m glad I didn’t order as it might have been a chilli overdose after the som tum. In the event, it was all very decent.
Everything had survived the couple of miles journey from Didsbury, without detriment to texture and taste of the food. .